One of the joys of pet ownership is dealing with your animals' many quirks. Happy is obsessed with drinking water from the bathroom sink, Lola poops when she's nervous and Moses loves books. No, not reading them (dogs can't read). He just thinks they're delicious. R finds it particularly hilarious that one of his favorite series to chew is The Hunger Games. Get it? The HUNGER games?? Here's some of his finest work:
Anyway, we tried several tricks that we found on the internet to keep him away from our old IKEA Expedit bookcase. None of the methods worked so we resorted to just covering the whole thing with a sheet which of course was very stylish and made our books super accessible! And so the search began. We knew glass doors were the answer, but all we could find were small hutches which really just didn't work for the space.
Finally, a couple of months ago, we were looking through some Facebook photos of new pieces at one of our favorite vintage stores. We kept seeing this big display unit in the background of several of the photos. We figured it was probably out of our budget, but we also knew it was exactly what we were looking for. Well, we headed down to the shop just to see if it was really as great as it looked in the photo. It was. AND it was only $450. AND they were having a 20% off sale! That's only $360 for you non-math geniuses.
It's a Dillingham walnut bookcase with built-in lights at the top, and of course, glass doors. It has a couple of drawers hidden in the bottom cabinets which keep it looking really clean. I love the black reveal around the whole thing too. We haven't been able to find much info about the piece other than it was made in the US we're guessing during the '60s. We found several pieces online from the same collection, but nothing quite like this one, so it must be fairly rare. I know Milo Baughman designed some stuff for Dillingham, although I don't have any proof that this is one of his.
So our books are finally safe from the mighty jaws of Moses and frankly, this looks much better than the ubiquitous Expedit bookcase anyway. We grabbed these nifty brass whale bookends on sale too!